$10.5 MILLION GIVEN TO HELP REDEVELOP SYDNEY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS AT WESTMEAD AND RANDWICK

30 Nov 1999
At last night’s Gold Dinner 2024, Kids with Cancer Foundation (KWCF) gifted Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF) $10 million to fund the new Cancer Centre for Children at The Children's Hospital, Westmead – one of the largest gifts received by SCHF to date, and the largest gift given by KWCF in its history. 

Gold Dinner committee members

This incredible gift will go to helping the sickest of Sydney's sick kids - today, tomorrow and beyond. KWCF's generosity will influence the future of cancer treatment and care for generations to come. 

The new Cancer Centre for Children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead will offer support for new cancer diagnoses, along with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, bone marrow transplants, clinical trials and long-term follow-up. 

The space will cater to both in-patients and day treatments, along with a new 24/7 virtual care service for outpatients. There will be dedicated family and parent spaces, increased room numbers and sizes, access to outdoor spaces and even facilities for parents to work from the hospital, to ensure families have the option to stay together during in-patient stays. 

Kids with Cancer Foundation also generously committed half a million dollars to The Children’s Hospital, Randwick to fund the Oncology family lounge, outdoor area and overnight area at the new Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. 

Kristina Keneally, CEO of SCHF says: “The Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead provides such an important service to the children living with a cancer diagnosis and their families. KWCF and SCHF partnership goes back over 25 years and over those years KWCF has provided over $18 million of support to SCHF for Randwick, Westmead and Bear Cottage.” 

“SCHF has been working closely with KWCF since October 2022 to ensure that philanthropic support and the best possible care for children with cancer is realised in the redevelopment of Sydney’s two children’s hospitals. 

“A gift of this size has the potential to create giant strides in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and will have a significant impact on the outcome of kids’ health now, and for years to come. The new Cancer Centre for Children at Westmead would not be possible without the support of KWCF.” 

Todd Prees, CEO of KWCF says: “We have had a wonderful working relationship with SCHF & the Children’s Hospital at Westmead over 25 years and work with terrific oncologists like Dr Luciano Dalla-Pozza to help place critical funding where it is needed most. 

We have pledged $10 Million which will go to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to fund the new Cancer Centre for Children's & Advanced Therapeutics - Levels 10 and 11 for the Oncology Treatment Centre and the inpatients unit. This new cancer centre will bring together diagnosis, cutting-edge learning and research, together with exceptional clinical care. Most importantly, families will have single rooms, and spaces which will wrap around the child and their family.  

At Kids with Cancer Foundation, our mission is to make today easier for kids with cancer, and we do this through direct financial support to families, Care Packs, Wigs4Kids, funding research, and funding hospitals and oncology staff at all children’s hospitals around Australia. “A huge thanks to all of the supporters of Kids with Cancer Foundation, for without our incredible network of fundraisers, donors, volunteers, corporate partners, lottery ticket purchasers – and our wonderful small team, this major capital works pledge would not be possible. 

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to
Kids with Cancer Foundation
for this truly transformational gift.

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